THE DEAD MAN'S MESSAGE: AN OCCULT ROMANCE. New York: Charles B. Reed, Publisher, 164, 166 & 168 Fulton St, 1894. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-4] 5-178 [179-182: ads], flyleaves at front and rear, original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, orange marbled endpapers. First edition. Published four years later in England as A SOUL ON FIRE (London: Bliss Sands & Co., 1898). Sensational spiritualist romance of after death experiences; a salutary warning to a cold, callous savant to mend his ways, in the tradition of Dickens's moral ghost stories; also a polemic presenting many of the author's enthusiastic views on moral and social questions e.g. vivisection, parental care, etc. A prolific author with some ninety novels to her credit, Florence Marryat (1838-1899) was the youngest and eleventh child of Frederick Marryat, the popular nineteenth-century nautical novelist. "A Catholic, Marryat was fascinated by spiritualism which she frequently introduces into her novels. As a spiritualist she wrote the popular book THERE IS NO DEATH (1891)." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 412. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 151 (citing the 1898 UK edition). Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 351. Bleiler (1978), p. 133. Reginald 09685. Spine panel lightly sunned, a nearly fine copy. An uncommon book. (#136066).
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